Dear Conference Planner,
Thank you for visiting my speaker information page. It’s an honor to be considered as a speaker for your homeschool convention, special event, or college fair. My topics include making time for things that matter, teaching literature and writing, entrepreneurship, homeschooling through high school, and more, all informed by personal experience and the wisdom of the past. I approach each topic with the desire to equip, encourage, and strengthen families.
You’ll find brief information here about me and the presentations I offer. Each workshop (except for the Beat-the-Clock essay workshop) is 45-55 minutes in length, and workshops can be combined to fit a theme or address specific audience needs. Topics are updated and refreshed each year, and new topics added. If you wish to view a 2012 presentation on video, you’ll find “Teach Language Arts the Easy, Natural Way” on the Excellence in Literature site.
If I am scheduled to speak at your conference, you are welcome to use the information on this “speaker information for Janice Campbell” page, including speaker photo, bio, and workshop descriptions, for advance publicity materials or convention brochures. For pre-conference publicity, I also have articles available on request for your organization’s magazine, newsletter, or convention program. I am always happy to promote your event to my mailing list (I love to meet my readers in person!) and in various social media venues.
Thanks again for visiting — I look forward to hearing from you!
P.S. One of the best compliments I ever received was from a workshop attendee who came to all five of my talks at a recent conference. She told me afterward that she’d never heard of me before she arrived at the conference, but she asked someone for workshop recommendations and they recommended mine because “they’re full of good information and not just a pitch-fest.” That has always been my goal, and I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had. I look forward to sharing good information with your attendees as well.
Speaker Information for Janice Campbell
I’m honored to be included in the following speaker bureaus:
- The National Alliance Speakers Bureau – sponsored by the National Alliance of Christian Home Education Leadership
- Balancing the Sword Speakers Bureau
- The Old Schoolhouse Speaker’s Bureau
I have been speaking in the homeschool community for over two decades. Venues have included HEAV and Virginia Homeschoolers in Virginia, NCHE in North Carolina, CHAP convention in Pennsylvania, ICHE in Illinois, ENOCH in New Jersey, Great Homeschool Conferences in Memphis, Greenville, Cincinnati, Long Beach, and Hartford, INCH, TPA, and smaller conferences such as the NOVA (Northern Virginia Regional) Conference, Heart for Homeschooling Conference in North Carolina (keynote), and others. In addition, I have also spoken at the Self-Reliance Expo, USA Prepares Expo, World Domination Summit, and at a number of writer’s groups and events. Wherever I am, it is my goal to keep topics subject-focused and to be sensitive to audience needs and conference objectives. Please feel free to ask if you have specific questions about worldview or topic content.
2017 Conference Schedule
I’m looking forward to being at the four Great Homeschool Conventions in 2017, but am otherwise planning to take a sabbatical year to write, spend time with family, and finish some other work. I hope to see you at one of the GHCs!
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions: Ft. Worth, TX — February 23–25
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions: Greenville, SC —March 16–18
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions: Cincinnati, OH —April 20–22
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions — GHC: Ontario, CA- June 15–17
Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason and classical learning. Janice speaks at conferences nationwide on subjects including making time for things that matter, creating a learning lifestyle, homeschooling high school, record keeping and transcripts, and microbusiness. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum and Transcripts Made Easy, and writer of the EverydayEducation.com, Excellence-in-Literature.com, and DoingWhatMatters.com websites.
You’ll notice that talks are organized under four general topic for ease in planning. These topic areas include:
- Mother School: Teacher Training for a Learning Lifestyle
- Teaching Literature and Language Arts
- Teaching Teens
Mother School: Teacher Training for a Learning Lifestyle
The labour of the mother who sets herself to understand her work
is not increased, but infinitely lightened.
Mother School 1: Make Time for Things that Matter
- Before we ever begin homeschooling, our children are learning life lessons from the way we live. Join me to consider timeless ideas from Charlotte Mason and others on developing noble character, good habits, and helpful routines, not just for children, but also for parents. Learn to focus on things that truly matter in order to create the home you want your children to remember. [Focus: Parent Training, Planning, Time Management, Encouragement]
Mother School 2: Be the Learner You Want Your Child to Become
- Education is about more than the 3Rs; it’s preparation for life. Homeschooling moms have a unique opportunity to learn not only what we missed in school, but also anything we’ve ever wanted to know. Join me to learn why it’s important to teach head, heart, and hand, and how you can model a learning lifestyle that includes creativity and practical skills. In addition, we’ll talk about simple learning tools such as keeping a commonplace book, cultivating a beautiful memory, and more. No matter what you study—genealogy, horticulture, Latin, or art—your children will benefit from seeing exactly how to make learning a lifelong joy. [Focus: Parent Training, Encouragement]
Homeschool Encyclopedia: A Whirlwind Tour of Methods, Skills, Vocabulary and People You Need to Know
- Sometimes homeschool conferences can be a confusing blur of new terms, confusing concepts, and casual references to people and ideas you’ve never heard of. What did Thomas Jefferson have to do with homeschooling, anyway? Join us for a quick overview of some of the most important ideas and people you’ll encounter during your homeschool journey, including the classic stages of learning, seven laws of teaching, basic learning styles, Charlotte Mason, and more. You’ll be taking lots of notes! [Focus: Parent Training]
How to Choose Curriculum that Fits Your Family
- Whether you’re just beginning to homeschool or have been teaching for a few years, choosing curriculum for a houseful of different personality types and learning styles can seem like navigating New York City without a map. How do you make sense of all the choices and find the best options for your family? Join us to learn four questions you need to answer before buying anything; foundational skills your student must learn; and ten things to remember in order to choose wisely. [Focus: Parent Training, Encouragement]
Teaching Literature and Language Arts
One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them,
to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment.
The Writing Toolbox 1: Model-based Writing Lessons from Charlotte and Ben
- Charlotte Mason and Benjamin Franklin offered simple, practical methods for using models to learn to write well. Their time-tested ideas have helped countless generations of students become confident, competent communicators. Join me to learn a four-stage model-based writing cycle that breaks projects into manageable pieces, encourages creativity, teaches orderly patterns of thought, and helps students—even struggling learners— master the mechanics of writing. [Focus: Parent Training, Language Arts, K-12]
The Writing Toolbox 2: How to Imagine, Organize, Write, and Evaluate Great Essays
- Essay writing is an essential high school and college skill. There’s no need to be afraid of teaching this important skill! Join me to learn how to teach your teens to organize thoughts, develop and support a thesis, and construct a logical conclusion, all in a compelling and readable style. We’ll review the parts of an essay and the five-step writing process, learn about writing tools such as mind maps and graphic organizers, and discuss how to constructively and tactfully evaluate your student’s writing. [Language Arts, Middle-High School]
Mr. McGuffey, Meet Charlotte Mason: Classic Techniques for Teaching Language Arts, Elocution, and More
For over 100 years, the McGuffey Readers were used in countless one-room schoolhouses across America, imparting solid phonics-based reading, writing, and speaking instruction through character-building stories, poetry, and excerpts from important classic works. I’ll show you how to make them even more effective by applying Charlotte Mason’s instructional methods to these timeless classics for a structured, yet simple language arts foundation. [Focus: Parent Training, Language Arts, K-12]
Great People Read Great Books: How to Read and Teach Classic Literature
- We live in a world where change is a constant, and almost all movement is labeled progress. But is it really? What do old books have to offer that new books can’t teach? How can they help us chart a clear worldview and understand timeless truths? In this inspiring workshop, learn what reading accomplishes in student development, as well as how to use annotation, literary periods, strategic questioning, history, art, and music to bring challenging works to life. You’ll learn how old books, both good and great, can help you homeschool more simply and effectively than you ever thought possible. [Focus: Parent Training, Language Arts, K-12, Encouragement]
Teaching Teens: Homeschooling Through High School
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.
1: How to Homeschool Through High School With Confidence
- Can it possibly be a good idea to homeschool all the way through high school? Can homeschooled teens get into college? What about teaching advanced math and science? This encouraging talk is designed to reassure parents (and teens) that it’s not only possible to homeschool through high school, but that it is a wonderful choice. Ordinary families can create an extraordinary education by choosing learning materials and experiences that develop the skills, knowledge, and character traits your students need in order to live out their gifts. We’ll look at teaching tips for challenging subjects, online learning resources, records you need to keep, and strategies to help your student become a mature, independent learner. [Focus: Parent Training, Teens, Encouragement]
2: How to Create a Powerful Transcript: Begin With the End in Mind
- Transcripts are not just for college — every student needs one. The high school transcript is designed to highlight your student’s talents, strengths, and skills in the same way a résumé does for a prospective employee. It should present an accurate overview of the high school experience, tailored to fit the focus of the target audience, whether that is a college, military academy, technical school, art or music school, or an apprenticeship program. I’ll share a step-by-step process for creating an effective transcript, including how to assign grades, calculate a grade point average, name classes, and grant credit. You’ll be sure to leave with a “can-do” feeling. [Focus: Parent Training, Teens, Planning, Recordkeeping, Encouragement]
3: Early College: Start When You’re Ready; Learn What You Need
- Did you know you can save thousands of dollars by having your students earn college credits while in high school? Whether or not your student plans to earn a four-year degree, earning a few college credits can be a wise choice. Not only can you save time and money, but college credits on a high school transcript can be a credibility clincher for the grades you’ve granted. In addition, starting college at home usually allows you to use curriculum and resources that reflect your values. Join us to learn where to start and how to find resources, the one type of college class you’ll definitely want your student to CLEP out of, and more. [Focus: Parent Training, Teens, Planning, Encouragement]
Why Homeschool? Gentle Answers for Tough Questions
- Whether you love the idea of homeschooling or think it’s the craziest thing since pet rocks, homeschooling is here to stay. We’ll start with a look at the top reasons you might want to homeschool, backed by solid statistics, then we’ll talk about questions such as: Is homeschooling legal? Is testing required? How much does homeschooling cost? What about socialization? Will it take all day? Even if you already know you want to homeschool, you’ll leave this talk with confidence that you can answer tough questions from those who doubt. [Focus: Parent Training, Basics, Encouragement]
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it,
bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The following three talks work well as a set, but can also be requested individually.
1- Why Microbusiness for Homeschoolers? Entrepreneurship Education for a Free People
- A microbusiness is a one-person business that you can start on a shoestring and build to earn what you need, doing something you love, from wherever you are. Entrepreneurship and home education can lead to habits of mind that produce the kinds of creative, responsible citizen-scholars who founded our country. Learn how to choose and start a manageable microbusiness, how to incorporate entrepreneurial education into your homeschool, and ways you can grant credit for various types of entrepreneurial learning. [Focus: Parent Training, Entrepreneurship, Teens, Inspiration].
2- The Business Plan: How to Design a Microbusiness with Multiple Streams of Income
- You’ve started a microbusiness and it’s doing pretty well, but what comes next? Is it possible to build a home business that brings in a full-time income? Join us for a look at an orderly 5-stage business model that will allow you to build a stable business that generates many streams of income, while remaining home based and debt free. You’ll see examples of how other families are doing just that, both online and offline, and learn a method of time management that will help you get the big projects done. [Focus: Parent Training, Entrepreneurship, Teens, Planning]
3- Marketing: How to Create a Simple, Effective Website for Your Microbusiness
- It doesn’t do much good to have a great product or service if your target market can’t find you. One of the fastest and cheapest ways to build your business is to create a simple blog-based website, then boost your search engine rankings through a variety of simple search engine optimization (SEO) techniques that bring potential customers right to you. We’ll discuss how to get your site online in a weekend (for less than the cost of nice dinner out), how to attract visitors and make your site search-engine friendly, and how to keep your posts moving farther and faster than you thought possible. [Focus: Parent Training, Entrepreneurship, Teens]
How to Become an Entrepreneurial Writer
- Have you always wanted to be a writer, but hesitated because you also need to earn a living? This clear, candid overview of the writing life will help you choose the basic tools and systems you need in order to create an extra stream of income, and perhaps even even build it into a freelance career.
- You will learn:
- Multiple ways to earn money by writing
- How and why to choose a niche
- How to structure your career plan
- Fast, cheap, and easy marketing tips
- How to streamline customer service
Microbusiness for the Self-Reliant Homesteader
- What is the one self-reliance skill many families forget? If you guessed entrepreneurship, you’re right. Even if you’re prepared for emergencies and living sustainably, it can be hard to survive without a way to earn money. Join us to learn how to start a microbusiness on a shoestring and earn what you need, doing something you love, from wherever you are.
Optional Special Events for Before, During, or After a Conference
Beat-the-Clock Essay Workshop
- The Beat-the-Clock Essay Workshop prepares students for writing timed essays, such as those found on the SAT, ACT, some CLEPs, etc. This four-hour writing workshop can be scheduled on its own, or in conjunction with a homeschool conference. I’ve been offering this popular workshop since 2002, and students consistently indicate that they feel more confident about tackling essays.
- During the workshop, I provide an overview of the 5-step writing process, tips on what evaluators look for, a simple formula for time management, step-by-step instruction in how to approach the essay question, a 30+-page handbook, and more. Students write two complete timed essays while there, and receive feedback if requested. You can find complete details at www.essayworkshop.com
- I work with convention coordinators to make this special event a drawing card for their conference, providing a program descript; promotional copy for flyers or brochures; publicity on my website, e-newsletter, and blog; tuition at the local rate, plus a 5% per student discount off the regular tuition if there are 50 or more students. To encourage conference attendance, this discount can be offered when parents register for the full convention along with the BTC workshop. As an alternative, the organization may choose to use the event as a fundraiser, and offer the workshop at regular tuition, and keep the amount of the discount. Other options include offering a member/non-member tuition rate, or using the discount to include an auditing parent in the student registration. I am open to discussing other ideas, so please feel free to contact me if the Beat-the-Clock Essay Workshop is something you might like to offer your conference attendees.
I also speak to writers, self-publishers, freelancers, entrepreneurs, the self-reliance/homesteading community, and others, so if you’re interested in those topics, you may wish to refer to my entrepreneur blog at DoingWhatMatters.com.
I enjoy working with conferences of all sizes and carefully consider all invitations. I am happy to speak multiple times within a conference, and will post promotional links to your event on my blog and newsletter. I am flexible, but ideally, compensation should include a room in the conference hotel, checking in the night before the conference begins and checking out the morning after it ends; mileage-based travel allowance (from zip code 23005) or plane fare; 1-2 vendor booths, and/or honorarium. It’s a joy to share experience with younger homeschoolers, and I look forward to working with you!
We have recently enjoyed being at these conferences:
- HHS- Heart for Home School Ministries: Raleigh, NC — January 29–30
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions: Greenville, SC —March 10–12
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions: Ft. Worth, TX —March 17–19
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions: Cincinnati, OH —March 31–April 2
- MACHE: Frederick, MD — April 22-23
- Chengdu Homeschool Conference — May 12-14
- LDSHE: Elliott City, MD — May 25-27
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions — GHC: Ontario, CA- June 18-20
- LDSHE: Logan, UT— July 28-29
- HHS- Heart for Home School Ministries, Raleigh, NC- February 6-7
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions-Ft. Worth, TX- February 12-14
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions-Greenville, SC- March 12-14
- VAHomeschoolers: Conference and Resource Fair–Glen Allen, VA– March 20-21
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions-Cincinnati, OH- April 9-11
- MACHE: Frederick, MD, April 24-25
- NCHE- North Carolinians for Home Education– Winston-Salem- May 22-24
- LDSHE– Williamsburg, VA, May 28-29
- WHO: Washington Homeschool Organization– June 12-13
- GHC: Great Homeschool Conventions-GHC: Ontario, CA- June 18-20
- JCHE Johnston County Home Educators–Smithfield, NC–August 22
- HHS- Heart for Home School Ministries, Raleigh, NC- February 7-8
- GHC- Great Homeschool Conventions: Greenville, SC- March 20-22
- EPHSC- Eastern Panhandle Home School Conference: Shepherdstown, WV- March 29
- GHC- Great Homeschool Conventions: Cincinnati- April 23-27
- NCHE- North Carolinians for Home Education– Winston-Salem- May 22-24
- ICHE- Illinois Christian Home Educators– Naperville, IL- June 5-7
- GHC- Great Homeschool Conventions: Ontario, CA- June 12-14
- AHEC- Appalachian Home Educators– Pigeon Forge, TN- June 26-28
- MHC- Midlands Homeschool Convention– Columbia, SC- July 24-26
- Greenville, SC: March 14-16
- Virginia Homeschoolers: March 22-23
- Cincinnati, OH: April 4-6
- MACHE: Frederick, MD, Building 9, Booth 14: April 26-27
- INCH: Lansing, MI: May 9-11
- ENOCH: Edison, NJ: May 17-18
- NCHE: Winston-Salem, NC, Booth 25: May 23-25
- The Old Schoolhouse Online Expo: May 28
- TPA: Wichita, KS, Booth 42: May 31-June 1
- JCHE: June 22
Education without values, as useful as it is,
seems rather to make man a more clever devil.
Slightly longer bio
Janice Campbell and her husband Donald homeschooled their sons from preschool into early college using a lifestyle of learning approach influenced by Charlotte Mason, classical learning, and the Thomas Jefferson method. Her books and resources reflect Janice’s focus on twaddle-free, active learning (she did have boys, after all!).
Janice speaks at conferences nationwide on subjects including literature and writing, parent training for more effective homeschooling, high school records and transcripts, as well as microbusiness and multiple streams of income for homeschool families. She is the author of the Excellence in Literature curriculum for grades 8-12, Transcripts Made Easy, and Get a Jump Start on College, among other things. She is also Director of the National Association of Independent Writers and Editors (NAIWE).
Whether teaching high school students to love literature, parents to be more inspired or effective teachers, or families how to create multiple streams of income, Janice’s focus is on sharing the joy of the journey and lighting lamps so that others can more easily find their way. Her website, www.Everyday-Education.com, offers inspiration, resources, and a free e-newsletter.
How to contact me: [email protected], or via social media.